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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

Courtesy of Tommy Trampp


Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Roger - How

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Buiolt by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Laid down, 29 September 1942
  • Launched, 25 January 1943
  • Completed, 09 March 1943
  • Placed in service, 12 March 1943
  • Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN (MTBRon 16) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Russell H. Smith, USN
  • MTBRon 16 participated in the Aleutian campaign from August 1943 to May 1944. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Mindoro, P.I.; and
    Brunei Bay, Borneo. It also based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and San Pedro Bay, P.I., but had no action from these bases. As part of Task Unit 70.1.4, Squadron 16 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for action at Mindoro from December 15 to 19, 1944
  • The "Chow Down" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed 26 November 1945.
    Displacement 56 tons
    Length 78' 0"
    Beam 20' 8"
    Draft 5' 3"
    Speed 41 knots
    Complement 17
    Armament One 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
    PropulsionThree 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines
    three shafts

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    70k Five undated views of PT-220 and her crew.
    Frank J. Andruss, Sr.

    Boat Captain
    01LTJG Robert H. Beasley, Jr., USN - Awarded the Bronze StarJanuary 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-220
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